QUEENS, N.Y. - The rumble of subway trains on the 7 line above Roosevelt Avenue is a familiar part of life in Jackson Heights.
What’s not so common - metal objects falling from the tracks.
Queens resident Erin Koster said she was nearly struck by the debris Monday night.
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"The train went by overhead and a piece of metal fell from the train. I prefer that it not be on my head, so I’m glad that it was not on my head," Koster noted.
It’s at least the third time this year debris has fallen from elevated tracks in Queens.
In February, a rotted wood plank impaled the windshield of an SUV beneath the 7 line on Roosevelt Avenue near 65th Street.
And in April debris fell from the tracks of the J line, hitting a car beneath the station at Jamaica Avenue and 111th Street.
"It's obviously a very scary thing and it can happen to anyone at this point, especially given the fact that it happened a second time as certain precautions weren't taken care of to make sure it didn't happen again," said one passerby.
The MTA says it inspected the stretch of the 7 line multiple times before Monday and found no signs of deterioration or stress, leading them to believe the debris that fell simply broke clean.
In response to the latest incident, the MTA says it will test whether it can place netting beneath elevated lines to catch debris without blocking "visibility and access to perform regular inspections."
It's a solution City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer says should have been done a long time ago.
"It shouldn't have taken this long, clearly there is a problem, clearly the MTA doesn't have a handle on it," said Van Bramer. "We've been calling for this netting, but the netting is also a preventative measure that doesn't make up for maintenance and the safety and security of the actual system and the structure."
The netting pilot will be deployed in limited locations around the city including along the 7 line. It's not clear though yet the long term plan for preventing debris from crashing down.